Career and Academic Pathways

AHECWW is working with partners across the state to make it easier for healthcare students to find and follow academic pathways to healthcare careers.

Northwest Health Career Path Summit

Western Washington hosts this Health Career Pathways Summit on on April 26, 2019, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

Outcomes of the summit:

  • Networking among professionals in the health career pathway systemSummit is at Whatcom Community College
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Collaboration on recruitment of students from under-served, rural and under-represented populations in to health careers
  • Creating a workforce that reflects the communities the healthcare systems serve
  • Help career pathway programs become part of the public health system to address workforce shortages and to reduce health disparities
  • Improve access to STEM and health career programs, and improve them

Registration is open for the Summit: sign up here.
For more information, contact Connie Jensen, Allied Health Center of Excellence (509) 834-4572.

More Pathways

Several outreach programs throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) are featured below. These programs are striving to bring minorities who are underrepresented in the health care fields toward college level training in the health sciences.

Summer Programs provide chances for high school students to explore degree programs – scroll down for a regional list.

Summer Health Professions Programs for Teens

Summer is a great time to explore and gain experiential learning. These programs give hands-on interactions that highlight the rewards and excitement of many types of healthcare careers.

University of Washington – Summer Teen Program 

The ​Summer Teen Program runs June through August for high school students aged sixteen through eighteen. ​​Summer Teens interact in the hospital environment to greet and dire​ct visitors, transport patients, deliver specimens to the lab and flowers and mail to patients,​ support the Information Desk, and assist staff with special projects.

Western Washington University College Quest

A true immersive college experience – from residence hall to classroom – gives high school students the chance to take a real college course, earn 1 university credit, gain valuable college success information, and form extraordinary social connections. Students who complete this program get an advantage as they plan for their academic future.

National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care, University of Washington, July and August

At the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care, students perform clinical rounds, learn medical examination and surgical techniques, and participate in diagnosis and treatment while solving the mystery of a fatal outbreak sweeping the nation. High school students grapple with controversial medical issues, learn about today’s health care challenges and explore advanced scientific research in areas such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Providence High School Summer Program

Students in the Summer Program carry out Providence’s mission of caring for the poor and vulnerable while increasing their awareness of the healthcare field as a potential career path. Students learn the principles of sound decision-making and problem-solving skills while receiving supportive coaching and mentoring from staff. The interactive experience in a hospital environment develops key communication skills in a diverse environment made up of patients, family members, visitors and staff from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Multicare Programs for High Schoolers

MultiCare helps students interested in health care to clarify their career choices. The variety of programs includes nurse camp, Pharmacy, Imaging, Physical Therapy and more. Students gain experience and an understanding of the educational pathways to achieve the career of their dreams.

COPE Health Scholars, Junior Health Scholar Program, Swedish Medical Centers – First Hill

As a Junior Health Scholar, you will observe how the patient care team works together to deliver excellent care and see what it’s really like to be a patient.

For next year: Summer Health Professions Education Program

Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for AHECs with the Association of American Medical Colleges

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP) sponsored by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), serves as the free, six-week academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

AHECWW is working with SHPEP to get the word out to interested health career students who may benefit. Students are encouraged to apply and take the opportunity to join this FREE, summer enrichment program that is filled with countless career development opportunities.

Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the program and apply today at The application deadline for 2018 has passed (February 15), but keep this program in mind for 2019.

Career and Academic Pathways (Student “Pipeline”) Project
Together with a broad coalition of partners, the project collects and distributes data to help programs gain a better understanding of what is happening in their area, identify gaps in programming and find ways to bridge gaps and link programs. Outreach programs are most successful when they work together to form a “pipeline.” This is the goal of the Pipeline Mapping Project.

The project includes two main components:

1. Pipeline mapping: Compiling data about all the career pathway programs in the WWAMI Region, making it accessible in a searchable database and interactive map to students, advisors, and educators via a website and app.

  • Link participants and volunteers to programs
  • Encourage programs to work with neighbors and create opportunities for
  • Identify both areas of overlap and where there are gaps in programming
  • Improve data collection and measurement of the impact of pipeline programs
  • Research methods to track student outcomes
  1. Pipeline Summits: Convening annual information-sharing events to link programs with each other and with participants.

Partners in development include:

  • Students
  • UW School of Medicine Service Learning
  • UW Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
  • UW Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)
  • Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center (EWAHEC)
  • Seattle Data For Good